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Clansman

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Ayrshire
Re: Broiler Breeder Project
« Reply #45 on: June 21, 2015, 01:28:28 pm »
19 weeks this Wednesday

They've got access to outside now and I'm hoping to see the first eggs in a couple of weeks with any luck  :fc:


Clansman

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Ayrshire
Re: Broiler Breeder Project
« Reply #46 on: July 09, 2015, 02:49:55 pm »
21 weeks.

No eggs here yet but now heard of two people with some of these birds that have seen their first egg  :thumbsup:

Q

  • Joined Apr 2013
Re: Broiler Breeder Project
« Reply #47 on: July 09, 2015, 03:12:07 pm »
I bet you will be a bit excited when that first egg appears.

Soooooo because its hard for me to keep up now, you are obviously looking for some questions.   :eyelashes:

how many birds do you have now & How many male & female.

Have you lost any along the way apart from those you sold?

Any recent pics?

cheers
If you cant beat 'em then at least bugger 'em about a bit.

Clansman

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Ayrshire
Re: Broiler Breeder Project
« Reply #48 on: July 09, 2015, 03:32:35 pm »
Yep but would rather see more mating going on first before I start to see some eggs.

I have 10 females and 2 males here and a friend has the same at their place, I split them just incase something happens to one lot and we have a backup.

Yes a few have been lost, as far as I know out of the original 100 females and 20 males we've lost 6 females and 4 males, although two of those were within the first couple of days.

Some have just dropped dead, a couple had bad legs and the rest just never grew or grew very slowly.

A couple of the girls inside prior to getting out into the run area.

Lazy buggers they are!  :innocent:


Clansman

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Ayrshire
Re: Broiler Breeder Project
« Reply #49 on: July 14, 2015, 10:36:27 am »
First egg!  :thumbsup:

Males are mating, saw both of them at it over the weekend  :thumbsup:

They've been free ranging around the garden this weekend and have cleared up a pile of overgrown vegetation so might leave them to it!

They've also been eating my bees though!

I did call one of the guys that took a male and 5 females to ask how his were getting on.

He'd just fed them ad lib, they got too heavy, one of the females dropped dead and he just ate the rest  :innocent:

Clansman

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Ayrshire
Re: Broiler Breeder Project
« Reply #50 on: August 14, 2015, 05:07:41 pm »
First  couple of dozen due to hatch next weeks.  :thumbsup:

I've got just over 50% fertility with this lot but they're just stating so should see better in the next batches  :thumbsup:

Victorian Farmer

  • Guest
Re: Broiler Breeder Project
« Reply #51 on: August 14, 2015, 08:45:35 pm »
I hope things go well whith the hatch I'm on some think new I'm triying to breed my broodies got the stock all young will start spring all the best.

izard

  • Joined Apr 2014
Re: Broiler Breeder Project
« Reply #52 on: August 16, 2015, 08:20:16 am »
hi all...

hows the project going?

Clansman

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Ayrshire
Re: Broiler Breeder Project
« Reply #53 on: August 16, 2015, 08:29:05 am »
All fine so far but the chicks are just starting to arrive

Kimbo

  • Joined Feb 2015
  • Anglezarke, Lancashire
Re: Broiler Breeder Project
« Reply #54 on: August 18, 2015, 09:14:01 am »
Hi Clansman,
re the chap who had some of your birds. When he said some got too heavy??? How heavy is too heavy?
Is it time to retire yet?

Clansman

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Ayrshire
Re: Broiler Breeder Project
« Reply #55 on: August 18, 2015, 02:49:47 pm »
Mine are on fairly strict rations but I don't have a female under 3.8Kg (8.3 lbs)  (they should be under 3.3 Kg still)

27 weeks old tomorrow and laying pretty well, I'm averaging 6-7 eggs per 10 hens a day, not earth shattering but i'm happy with that from birds which area bit overweight and running around my garden  :thumbsup:

He doesn't know they weight but described them as small turkeys.  :innocent:

I would imagine on ad lib starter crumb his would have easily been pushing 4Kg by 3 months
« Last Edit: August 18, 2015, 02:56:17 pm by Clansman »

Kimbo

  • Joined Feb 2015
  • Anglezarke, Lancashire
Re: Broiler Breeder Project
« Reply #56 on: August 18, 2015, 06:14:56 pm »
so why is 4kgs too heavy for the table? Is heavier not better?
Is it time to retire yet?

Clansman

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Ayrshire
Re: Broiler Breeder Project
« Reply #57 on: August 19, 2015, 10:12:11 am »
It's not but these are/were breeders, they weren't supposed to be table birds and would have been to heavy to breed/lay.

I wouldn't keep table birds or at least these commercial Ross broilers to that weight, you would lose too many through heart attacks and bad legs etc.

3-3.5Kg is plenty for males, 2.5 for females.

Plus they eat so much feed to get them to that weight
« Last Edit: August 19, 2015, 10:15:27 am by Clansman »

Kimbo

  • Joined Feb 2015
  • Anglezarke, Lancashire
Re: Broiler Breeder Project
« Reply #58 on: August 19, 2015, 10:17:43 am »
Thank you...makes sense. Maybe Id better put my Big Bertha on a diet
Is it time to retire yet?

Clansman

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Ayrshire
Re: Broiler Breeder Project
« Reply #59 on: August 19, 2015, 10:23:53 am »
Who's Big Bertha?  ;D

 

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